It’s been an extremely busy and exciting month on the farm. We hosted the 3rd annual Vastrap Auction on 14 August, which is always one of the highlights of our year. It is a huge amount of work, but so rewarding when everything comes together on the day. Our auction preparations start early in the year, but really step up a gear about two months before the time. Quentin takes care of all the logistics to do with the animals and I coordinate the marketing and catering side of things. We work really well as a team because our completely different strengths and interests create a natural division of labour. Apart from endless shopping and to-do lists, I spend a lot of time updating our website (www.vastrapboran.com) and Facebook page and compiling the marketing information for each animal.
In the week leading up to the auction there is a huge amount of shopping and cooking to do. We host an informal dinner at our house the night before, and on auction day we provide snacks and refreshments in the morning and a lunch for 80-100 people. This year I needed a lot of help with the catering because I was already 33 weeks pregnant and wary of being on my feet too much. Thankfully I had an amazing team of helpers who embraced the challenge with gusto! Since our very first auction my half-sister, Beatrice has come to the farm from Stellenbosch to help with the catering and this year she was joined by my dad, John. My niece, Sibella, was also on holiday and stayed with us for the week. It was such fun having them all here and Livia just loved all the action and attention. I really couldn’t have done it without them.
Our partners in the auction are also a great help and Debbie Johnson from Frontier Boran in Fort Beaufort always does an amazing job with the flowers and table decor. This year she brought a whole lot of baby pineapples and echeveria which were artfully teamed up with barbed wire and hessian on the tables. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful blue-sky day and there was a great turn-out with quite a few new faces. We are incredibly grateful for everyone who travelled from far to be with us. What a pleasure when work is so much fun!